Just having a degree is no longer enough to differentiate yourself as a top level candidate in today's graduate market.
Findings in a recent poll conducted by AAT, suggests employers are valuing commercial work experience and personality traits in addition to, and sometimes even above academic attainments.
The poll also found strong communication skills, punctuality and fitting into a company’s culture are among the top things employers look for.
More than a third simply ask that candidates show common sense, and punctuality is key for three in 10.
For our clients looking for entry level sales and business development professionals this is certainly rings true.
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The additional earnings that someone with a degree can expect to make has fallen from 41pc in 2004 to 24pc last year, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The ONS suggests the diminishing value of university education could be due to the fact that a higher proportion of the population now has a degree than in 2004, which would drive down the premium that can be earned.